South Africa: Gender-Based Violence During Lockdown – Looking for Answers

[ISS] The COVID-19 crisis and social distancing measures have caused deep concerns about their impact on women in abusive relationships. Numerous articles in the South African media have pointed to the increased risk women in these relationships face under lockdown conditions. The fear is that they are trapped inside with their abusers, unable to leave, escape or reach out for help.

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Africa: Making Masks Mandatory – Key Questions Answered

[The Conversation Africa] Many countries, including South Africa and Nigeria in Africa, are moving to make it mandatory to wear non-medical cloth masks when people are outside their homes. The move is seen as a vital additional measure to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19.

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Africa: COVID-19 – Afreximbank, ECA and Africa CDC Partner to Tackle Africa’s Food, Medical Supply, Policy Gaps

[Africa CDC] Addis Ababa -The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in partnership with the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), today announced a series of emergency interventions to respond rapidly to gaps in the supply and policy for food and critical medical resources needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

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Africa: WHO Warns African States Against Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions

[New Zimbabwe] World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus has warned African countries that lifting existing restrictions in the fight against COVID-19 could result in a deadly resurgence of the virus on the continent.

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West Africa: Nigeria, Angola, Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana Among the Most Hard-Hit As Oil Price Plunges

[Premium Times] African oil-producing and reliant countries have been among the most hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and declining oil price. Oil price crashed below $20 dollars on Monday, the lowest in 18 years. In particular, Senegal, Nigeria and Angola continue to face new challenges each day amid the threat of economic fallout.

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